Beyond the Ordinary: Ten Strengths of U.S. Congregations

by Cynthia Woolever, Deborah Bruce. Westminster John Knox Press, 2004.
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Based on research from the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, the authors identify ten strengths found in vital congregations, including meaningful worship, welcoming new people, and focusing on the community.

Offerings: data from the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, insight from a diverse group of congregations across the country

Best For: clergy and lay leaders

Cost: purchase as a book

Suggested Uses:

  • Evaluate your congregations strengths by comparing your experiences to the data detailed in the resource.
  • Enhance areas of your congregation by discussing examples in the book with a small group and applying similar steps.

Curator Curated by Tim Shapiro

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